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“I was very shocked,” said Brandy. “I don’t think she deserved to go home, I think America got it wrong with Audrina.”
Maksim also tweeted the following days ago – “WOW America! You got that one wrong! So sad for @TonyDovolani and @AudrinaPatridge . I know how much Tony loved to work with her! Sorry Bro.”
On tonight’s all new episode of DWTS, the show will be celebrating it’s 200th episode with a two night event. According to a press release, DWTS will be bringing back 50 former contestants, with some of them returning to serve as guest judges. Taylor Swift will also be performing on tomorrow’s results show.
And finally, Life&Style is reporting that the resident DWTS hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy has gotten himself a new girlfriend! The lucky lady is Joni Kilmurry, a 28-year-old former model turned stylist. According to the mag, the new couple finally stepped out together at a recent event.
This news comes just over a year after Maksim, 30, and his former fiance Karina Smirnoff ended their engagement. And though Maksim and his former dance partner Erin Andrews deny they ever dated, sources say the two briefly gave things a shot following their season on the show.
Photos of Maksim’s new girlfriend below.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF DWTS?
It was rock week on Dancing With The Stars’ week 6, and all the stars had to dance the tango or the paso doble.
Coming out on top for the second week in a row was Brandy and her partner Maksim. The duo received a high score of 26 and praises from the judges for their hot tango dance. Carrie Ann called the dance”very impressive,” with Len Goodman calling their routine “the dance of the night.” Maksim’s former dance partner Erin Andrews was also present to cheer him on in the audience, and no, the two are not dating.
The surprise of the night was Bristol Palin, who showed major improvement from a week before while also earning her highest score of the season. Bristol and partner Mark Ballas danced their tango to Orianthi’s “According to You,” with Carrie Ann stating the routine was “ridiculously amazing.” Bruno Tonioli called it her “best performance” of the season. Bristol and Mark received a score of 23.
The lowest score of the night went to former NFL player Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Kurt seemed to fumble on his paso doble dance, earning him a low score of 18, all 6s from the judges. Following the competition, Kurt, 39, told UsWeekly he felt the judges were a bit harsh on him. “We come out and we perform what we thought was a good dance and then get scores that aren’t so good,” said Kurt.
The dance scores from last night below, in addition to the scores from the dance marathon -
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36 (26, 10)
Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani: 32 (24, 8 )
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 30 (24, 6)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 30 (23, 7)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 29 (20, 9)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 28 (23, 5)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 22 (18, 4)
TELL US – WHO DESERVES TO GO HOME TONIGHT?
In the interview, Maksim touches on the topic of his ex-girlfriend former dancing partner Erin Andrews. Though Maksim refuses to reveal what exactly went down with Erin, it was reported weeks ago that the two briefly dated before eventually ending their relationship after a short period. Maksim also discusses his current dance partner, Brandy and why he is impressed with Bristol Palin.
Excerpts from Maksim’s interview below -
How happy are you about last night’s show? You came in second with 23 points.
Very happy! I’ve been always telling Brandy that you just have to get the first show out of the way. I think she did an amazing job for the first time, for the nerves, and anxiety and all that stuff. I really enjoyed our dance.
What’s up for you and Brandy next week?
We’re doing the jive. We’re still testing the waters out with Brandy to see what she’s comfortable with, what she’s going to be better at…She’s a very versatile person with so many looks. She can just smile and look adorable and innocent and all that, but she has a hot and sassy side as well.
Were you surprised at how well Bristol did?
Bristol did great! I think Bristol has a lot to prove and she certainly tries her best. She shouldn’t put pressure on herself. If there’s no pressure, there are no expectations and she can just walk out and do her thing. I applaud her bravery for even being on the show.
Will we ever see you and Erin dance again on the show?
I came back to dance with Mel for our 100th show. You never know, maybe they’ll bring us back. I would love to dance with Erin again for sure if she would like to but at the moment right now, this very second, my mind is on what Brandy and I are going to be doing next week.
Why is everyone so obsessed with you and Erin and trying to figure out what was going on between the two of you?
I think we showed partnership beyond just the show. I’ve apologized to our fans because romance or not, they will probably never know because I’m a private person. I put out as much as I can on Twitter, my website, and my YouTube channel, but just to an extent. What Erin and I had is between me and Erin.
Though they never discussed their romantic relationship in public, numerous media outlets confirmed ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy began dating after being paired up on Dancing With The Stars.
It however seems the couple, pictured above on July 14th at the 2010 ESPY awards show, might be dunzo. A new report by the sports blog TerezOwens.com says the two fan favorites are currently broken up on a break.
According to the site, Erin and Maks “were dating during the show, but felt they would give it a real shot once all the hoopla subsided and the show ended..They gave it a whirl and things were going very well..like most couples they got into fights from time to time..but one fight in particular changed the relationship forever.”
The reported big blowout occurred after the couple attended the ESPY awards together. A source tells the site, “Erin and Maks have decided to take a break for now and see if they can patch things up down the road..The romance did fizzle a little bit after the show ended and the promotional tours stopped..They weren’t forced to spend time together and it became more of a distraction to be fully committed..”
The two reportedly remain close friends but with Erin, 32, being very busy with work (she was promoted at ESPN and is now a contributor for GMA) and Maksim, 30, working more than ever, things have cooled off between the two.
Another telling sign? The pair used to tweet to each other on twitter constantly, but only one twitter exchange since their reported July 14 blow up.
Maks tweeted to Erin on July 26th – “Good luck tomorrow @ErinAndrews……..”
Erin replied the next day – “thx maks.”
The good luck tweet was regarding Erin’s visit to Capital Hill, as she went to speak with lawmakers, wanting tougher laws implemented for stalking.
UPDATE – Erin confirms in a new interview with Gainesville magazine , done after the ESPY awards, that she isn’t dating anyone.
TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED THIS RELATIONSHIP HAS FIZZLED?
The former Dancing With The Stars dancing partners were first seen sneaking in a kiss weeks ago during a birthday party for professional dancer Derek Hough, and then the NYPost caught the two dirty dancing just lask week in New York City.
The latest is now a FOX News article which confirms the duo are dating but taking things slow. “Erin is back to work for ESPN, but she and Maks are still finding plenty of time to meet up any chance they get. They really do have a connection and bond. It’s a relationship – their chemistry is perfect,” the source said, saying both are “silly and sexy at the same time.”
The source continues, “Erin isn’t looking to tie Maks down, but they are not ready to call it quits after spending so much time together doing the show. They are super close and are always making plans to see each other.”
So what’s next for the sexy couple? Well the two will be attending the Country Music Awards June 9th in Nashville. They will be presenting an award together.
One person who believes the answer to that is yes is none other than her fellow DWTS cast-mate Niecy Nash. “I like to see the growth,” says the comedian to PEOPLE. “Nicole today is who she was when she got here — she was a great dancer and she still is.”
Nicole, who beat out Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, was the favorite from day one, and many fans, including Niecy, feel the show is quickly losing sight of its original premise, which was to take celebrities out of their comfort zone and onto the ballroom floor.
“There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers,” says Niecy of Nicole, who received high praises from the judges, even being called the best dancer the show has ever seen by Carie Ann.
“Dancing With the Stars is something that resonates with me when the contestants have a journey. I was such a big fan of Kelly Osbourne last year because she had the most transformation,” continues Niecy. “I cheer for the people who have evolved. To me, that’s what the competition should be.”
TELL US: DOES NIECY HAVE A POINT? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH NIECY?
Nicole’s win isn’t much of a surprise as the Pussycat doll is a professional dancer who dances and sings for a living. Whether or not Nicole being in the amateur ballroom dance competition remains a debate, but when all it said and done, Nicole was consistently the best dancer this season. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even declared her the best dancer ever in DWTS history.
“I’m going to give it to my mom because she’s the reason I really did this show,” the Pussycat Doll, 31, told UsWeekly after the show. “This is for her!”
Nicole, and the rest of the finalists flew to NYC this morning and appeared on Good Morning America. The finale show however wasn’t without controversy as Kate Gosselin returned to torture the viewers with a final dance performance. Unfortunately for Kate, taking time away from the show did not improve her dancing skills. She however seemed to have more fun this go around.
ABC also announced the 11th season of DWTS will premiere September 20th. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to top this pretty phenomenal 10th season.
My thoughts on Nicole winning – Not a big shocker, she did deserve to win because she was the best dancer after all. Do I think she had an unfair advantage? Of course she did, she dances for a living. Having Nicole in the competition would be similar to having a top College basketball player play in an amateur celebrity basketball tournament. Yes Nicole has no ballroom dance experience, but let’s be real, being a pro dancer helped her tremendously and she was earning 10s in early weeks for a reason. The fact is none of the other competitors really stood a chance. I’m conflicted on this because while it is fun to watch the Nicoles and Evans give amazing performances, the show should really be about the Ochocincos and Erins, and about their journeys in improving week to week. And yes Erin was on a dance team in college, but being on a cheerleading dance team over a decade ago while in college doesn’t really compare to being a Pussycat doll.
TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY NICOLE WON? IS IT FAIR TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON THE SHOW?